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t raf C & rts A t This year it i on The Arts and Crafts Competition was held on c t i i r t t e s i p was the turn of the Saturday 9th November Edmond and Peter, the D m o C Cub section to organise judges ,were impressed by the standard of the the District competition. We entries. There were some very imaginative thought we would put a new spin on it ideas all put together with care and skill. and see if we could bring Scouting Art to the Scouting was represented in many ways people. including paper mache, models, pictures, pioneering and even on Twitter. Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation kindly lent us a shop in the Arcade in Thank you to all the Leaders who helped at the Letchworth to hold the competition and with shop from all sections, Beavers to ASU. Thanks the help from the Love Letchworth team we got to all the young people who entered their work going. and helped show how great Scouting is in the Janet Conder worked wonders and produced an area. eye catching display in the windows. Scouting in the past and the present, posters and uniforms all made local folk stop and take a closer look. Here are the results of the Arts and Crafts Competition. Presented by Hartley Beaver Colony:

joint 4th and 11th Letchworth

Cub Pack:

1st Baldock (Knights)

Scout Troop:

5th Letchworth


8th Letchworth

Explorer Scout:

Alex Conder

Scout Network:

Hayley Palmer


Janet Conder


n itio b Am e t cou s Tru S e b C u C om

On the 1 November KJ was listening to the “Today” programme on the radio. There was an interview with the Vice-president of the Chief Fire Officers Association, Peter Dartford. “Quite an unusual name”, perhaps, but one which sticks on the memory. I went to my primitive index to the Scout Notes and found a list of the very first Cubs who were invested in the 10th Letchworth pack; and yes, Peter Dartford was the same name. This is the best part, he was known to Scouters for having a great ambition to be a Fireman.” After mentioning the coincidence to Frank Brittain, Count Archivist. Frank wrote to Peter Dartford. Below is an extract from the letter received by KJ from Peter Dartford. “ I have received a letter from Frank Brittain advising me that you recognised my name when I recently appeared in the media promoting fire safety messages. Firstly it was very nice to hear that you were still involved in the Scout Movement in Hertfordshire. It was also good to recall the great time I had as part of the 10th Letchworth Scout group. As you may recall, my Dad, William (Bill) was the Leader of the Scout Troop for many years. You will also recall that I was keen to join the Fire Service and in 1981 I joined Hertfordshire Fire Brigade as a part-time Fire-fighter and in 1982 became a full-timer. I progressed through the ranks serving at a number of stations including Baldock, Stevenage, Hertford and St Albans. In 1996, I commanded the rescue operation at the train crash in Watford and in 1999 I moved to Staffordshire, on promotion.

I was fortunate to continue to progress my career in the north Midlands and became the Chief Fire Officer and Chief executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue in April 2008. I am also the Vice President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, and I will become President of the Association next year. I have no doubt that much that I learned and experienced in my early years through my involvement with the Scout Movement provided a solid foundation on which I built my career. I remain very grateful to all of those who helped to provide the opportunities I enjoyed, as I’m sure I would not have achieved what I have without that positive encouragement. Peter Dartford Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive


Letchworth and Baldock District Scout and Guide Gang Show Dates:

Friday 28 March 2014 Saturday 29 March 2014


Friday 7. 30 pm Saturday 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm


St Francis Theatre, Broadway Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ

There are 68 young people registered to perform in the 2014 show We do not run auditions. All the young people are members of the Letchworth and Baldock Scout or Guide Districts. The average age of our cast is 11 years old Tickets remain at ÂŁ7.00 each and are available ONLY online at Scouting and Guiding Groups can apply to for their unique discount code which will allow them to purchase 2 free tickets for Leaders attending the performance with the young people

Children In Need 8th Letchworth Beavers played the games that came in the fund raising pack and raised ÂŁ27

Edmond Tickner and Peter Ellmers from the Scout Active Support Unit (SASU) were asked to judge the District Arts and Craft Competition. Both are amateur painters, Peter is also a good cook, his bread pudding is the best the editor has tasted. Edmond has also produced a number of models made out of scrap metal. He made the trophies for the District Scout Kon Tiki competition. Both Edmond and Peter were impressed with the levels of the entries and also the diversity.


WOW 1015 Years ! What an Achievement rt po r p u e S embe v i Twenty nine members of the Letchworth and Baldock Scout ov Ac t t N u 6 Active Support Unit got together at the Scout District Head Quarters in S c o d ay 1 r u Icknield Way to thank Fred Lovelock for his contribution as the Scout Active S at Support ‘scribe’, who has decided to take a less active role in the Unit. The members tucked into homemade cakes and copious cups of tea and coffee whilst reminiscing about their Scouting experiences. It was during the afternoon that they realised that between them they had done 1015 years of Scouting and Guiding – amazing and still counting. (if Laurie Cook had attended we could have added another 50 years) One member, Arthur Scott has been in Scouting 73 years. Why not tap into all this experience, The Scout Active Support members are there to help, whether judging competitions, help with fund raising or just an extra pair of hands at your meetings. Members of the unit are actively involved at the Shop and Guide Shop, Wymondley Wood Scout and Guide Centre, the District Executive, District Gang Show, the Badge Secretary and even the editor of Co-Ordinator


rth o w tch joint e L t 12 c o u t & r S 8th aver pove Be Slee

My Beaver sleep over was awesome, I loved my dinner, we even had cakes!! The midnight walk in the dark was my favourite All the games and choosing my bed was cool and I can't wait to go again

My favourite thing at Wymondley Wood was sitting at the campfire and singing songs. It was very calm and nice. I loved it because it there was no shouting or chatting. It felt like I was at home but without my toys. Michael Trulock 12th Letchworth

Charlie Pitt 8th Letchworth

7th Letchworth Cubs had bring and buy sale in November, for a little boy called Will Horton. He is a great lad who loves riding in a 'sit-ski' with his Dad and being out and about like all young boys.

I really liked the bedtime walk. We went on a long adventure with our torches. I heard fireworks all the way. We went round Wymondley Wood and went to the Bonfire. We sang lots of songs. My favourites were "I know Will's family are raising money for Tree of an old lady who swallowed a fly" and the repeat Hope Charity. Will needs an operation that after me songs. they hope will reduce the impact of his Cerebral Palsy. Joseph Lee 12th Letchworth

The sale held on a Cub evening and was great fun, very noisy and raised just over ÂŁ100.

At Wymondley Wood my favourite game was the king and queen game. I loved the breakfast in the morning, I had coco pops.

Well Done Jamie Furze 12th Letchworth

A Group of volunteers spent one Saturday morning in November tiding the woodpile at Wymondley Wood. Within the woodpile the following items were found: 1. garden shed complete with felt roof and a Wendy house 2. fence complete with bared wire 3. fences with metal stakes 4. assortment of other pieces of metal, including relay switches 5. a number kitchen units and worktops 6. empty milk bottles and other glass items 7. part of a sofa. The volunteers were rewarded for their efforts with tea, coffee and bacon butties. Thank you to them for helping and making the woodpile look tidy. The Wymondley Wood committee would like to remind people that only suitable wood is required and it is sourced from authorised suppliers. Please do not use it as a dumping ground.


Chief Scout’s Bronze Award Will Cooper Joseph Hales Sam Hartley Felipe Jesalva

8th 4th 4th 4th

Letchworth Letchworth Letchworth Letchworth

Lily Johnstone Alec Lowe William Mann

8th Letchworth 4th Letchworth 4th Letchworth

Lilia Dempsey

4th Letchworth

Mark Brewis

12th Letchworth ACSL

Charlotte Figgis

1st Ashwell ABSL

Katie Goodwin

11th Letchworth ACSL

Karen Hollidge

1st Ashwell ABSL

Darragh Lane

7th Letchworth BSL

Hannah Tan

5th Letchworth ACSL

Russell Wake

4th Letchworth ACSL

Rosalind Wing

2nd Baldock Sectional Assistant

Our condolences go out to Rose De Roeck, Active Support Member whose husband Nigel De Roeck died following a car accident. Nigel was member of the County Water Activity Team. Helen Doherty, 5th Letchworth ASL, whose husband died following a long illness Paul Tyler, 4th Letchworth ASL, whose father has died following a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones left behind.



8th Letchworth Christmas Fair

8th Letchworth HQ


County Winter Wonderland - Beavers & Cubs

Phasels Wood


District Executive Finance Meeting

District HQ


District Scout & Guide Shop closes for Christmas


District SASU Christmas Buffet

Guide HQ, Icknield Way


County Scout Network Christmas Dinner


JANUARY 2014 9

District Scout & Guide Shop reopens


District Team Meeting


District Cub Leaders’ Meeting


Wymondley Wood Meeting


District Cooking Competition - Scouts


District Executive Meeting


County Cooking Competition - Scouts


Wymondley Wood Committee Meeting

Peacock butterfly photographed at Wymondley Wood in November


RESULTS Position Troop 25th 7th Letchworth (Magnificent Seventh) 30th 4th Letchworth (Mellow High) 80th 8th Letchworth (Wolf) 5th Letchworth entered a non-competing team as one member of the team fell ill at the last moment and they couldn’t get a replacement. Letchworth and Baldock District Scouts Editor Rita Hawkins, 1 South Close, Baldock SG7 6DS Printed by: Print Factory,

Balin getting ready for Green Beret 1. Packed my tent and blanket 2. Burgers for lunch 3. Blinfold pick-up-sticks 8



Co-Ordinator Dec13  

The December 2013 editon of the District Newsletter

Co-Ordinator Dec13  

The December 2013 editon of the District Newsletter